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Black: Episode 12

Some truths are finally revealed. Well, as much truth as we’re allowed to know right now, because with every answer comes another dozen mysteries, but for Ha-ram it’s more than enough to rock her to her core. There’s also a lot of investigation into Scarface, where everyone learns that he’s just as terrible as we already knew.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Kwang-kyun wonders how Black knew Mi-so was murdered by the same person who murdered the mental health hospital director, and Black explains that the style is exactly the same — the same type of weapon, the same depth and style of the knife marks.

However there’s one major difference: the mental health director was first stabbed in non-vital areas because the murderer wanted her to suffer before killing her. As for Mi-so, Scarface first slashed her throat, attacking a vital point in the beginning, and then followed up with stabbing the rest of her body. All this implies the killer had a grudge against the hospital director, but not Mi-so.

Soo-wan tries to track down information about a person who signed one of Moo-gang’s old receipts. The restaurant owner tells her that he can’t remember — the date on the receipt was two months ago.

Soo-wan originally found the receipt in Moo-gang’s clothes, asking him why he went all the way to Chuncheon for lunch and pointing out the signature isn’t his. Moo-gang told her that he’s investigating his brother’s hit-and-run accident from 20 years ago, and that the signature was from someone helping him with the case.

She’s convinced that whomever signed the receipt also knows where the tapes are, and is more determined than ever to find this person so she can protect Moo-gang.

 

As the detectives literally fight over which team should take over Mi-so’s case, Ha-ram studies the eyewitness drawing of Scarface, realizing it’s the same man she rescued from the fire. That leads the detectives to the man who hired all the thugs to fight off the Mujin protestors. The detective who’s in charge of the case is, of course, Missng-finger’s informant.

Ha-ram blames herself for saving Scarface, but as she’s fretting about her meddlesome ways, Black arrives with Leo. Black boasts that Leo is following him to learn from the best, and Leo explains that it’s for his upcoming drama role.

Leo proudly tells Ha-ram that he’s using the original script from the rookie writer, but at the mention of the writer, Ha-ram suddenly realizes that she saw also Scarface at the broadcast station. He was the one she warned to move so he wouldn’t die by the writer falling on him.

 

Knowing that the broadcast station would have CCTV footage, she’s ready to head out to see if Scarface was caught on camera. But Black, frustrated, warns her to keep her nose out official police business — let the detectives find the serial killer. If Ha-ram keeps trying to butt in, she could get hurt or even killed.

But Ha-ram refuses to just sit back and do nothing, especially now that she knows that she’s saved Scarface’s life twice already. If they don’t do something now, Scarface could end up killing another person.

They do find CCTV footage at the broadcast station, but Scarface is hidden in the shadows and can’t really be seen. Mi-so was the MC that night for the music program, and Ha-ram realizes that Scarface must have been waiting for Mi-so.

Leo offers to use his connections to check on Mi-so’s schedule to see if she was at the broadcast company other nights, and Ha-ram grabs his hand in gratitude. Black, jealous as ever, holds out his hand, also demanding he get the same appreciation. Pffft.

Man-soo’s going through all the 1997 Chunsu Insurance paper copies, but hasn’t found anything noteworthy. As he tosses aside a file, a paper falls out — a sticky note that has a bank account number and 30 billion won written on it. Man-soo’s eyes grow wide as he wonders whose bank account it is.

Black and Ha-ram have been able to find more footage of Scarface visiting the broadcast station on the nights Mi-so was there, but they still aren’t able to get a good glimpse of his face. Ha-ram deduces that whomever is in the car with Mi-so would have seen Scarface, and if they can find the car, then they can check the blackbox footage.

 

They try to get a better glimpse of the car to at least get a license plate, but the CCTV footage is at a bad angle. The dirty detective finds them at the security office, annoyed that they’re one step ahead of him. He orders them out so he can look into it, but it seems that he might recognize the car.

Leo heads out to his next schedule, and even though Black’s convinced that if he stays close to Leo, he’ll find Loser, Black’s first concern right now is to help Ha-ram. Black reassures Ha-ram that Mi-so’s death isn’t her fault — even though Ha-ram saved Scarface’s life, she didn’t know he was a murderer. Ha-ram still feels responsible, though, and is determined to find the killer.

Man-soo visits his father in the hospital to ask him about the mysterious bank account, wondering what the money was for.

Man-soo’s father simply warns his son not to do anything silly. Man-soo realizes that Dad is protecting Man-ho, who presumably did something illegal with the money. Man-soo knows that Dad doesn’t like the two brothers fighting against each other, but after what happened with Sip-gyeong, Man-soo refuses to back down and turn a blind eye.

Dad asks Man-soo to bring him a key that’s hidden in a safe, promising to tell Man-soo what the key belongs to when the time is right. After Man-soo leaves, Dad watches the news about Scarface, wondering how far “that fool” is going to take it, promising to never forgive him if Man-soo is hurt.

Soo-wan finds Missing-finger waiting in her apartment. Missing-finger says that Scarface was the one who killed Clara twenty years ago, but Missing-finger got him locked up in the mental hospital until Scarface escaped. Missing-finger warns Soo-wan that if Scarface visits her, she should stall Scarface and call Missing-finger right away.

 

Soo-wan remembers meeting Scarface secretly, soon after he visited her in the hospital. Soo-wan gave him an envelope containing something we can’t see, then demanded to know how Scarface knew about Moo-gang. Scarface explains that Moo-gang visited him in the mental hospital, wanting information about Joon.

Soo-wan ordered Scarface to stay away from her and Moo-gang, and Scarface, happy with the envelope she gave him, promised that Moo-gang would be fine provided he stayed out of Scarface’s way. Then he did that creepy giggle as he told Soo-wan (calling her “Seon-young”) that he will kill “that bastard,” slowly and painfully.

Man-soo gets the key from his father’s safe, and as he does, he finds a copy of a life insurance payout for a man named Wang Young-choon. Man-soo recognizes the name as the man who killed Ha-ram’s father — or, as we all now know him, Scarface.

 

Man-soo pulls up to Black’s house, surprised to see Soo-wan just arriving. He recognizes her as one of the Royal Hospital doctors. Soo-wan’s concerned about where Black is, and Man-soo explains that he’s with Ha-ram, busy chasing down a killer.

Except Man-soo always calls Ha-ram “Miss Fortuneteller,” a name that confuses Soo-wan. Man-soo explains that Ha-ram has the ability to see how people will die. Man-soo’s description of Ha-ram reminds Soo-wan of when she was younger and Joon had described young Ha-ram in the exact same way. When Man-soo offers to get her a fresh cup of coffee, Soo-wan grabs something from one of Moo-gang’s shelves and hurries away.

Soo-wan’s desperately determined to keep Ha-ram and Black apart, if only for Moo-gang’s sake. She goes to Ha-ram’s apartment and tells her that Moo-gang and Joon are two different people.

 

Soo-wan explains that Joon is Moo-gang’s older brother, who changed his name to Moo-chan when he went to live with his biological father. She then informs Ha-ram that Joon died years ago. Stunned, Ha-ram tries to process this information.

Soo-wan says that she was just worried for Ha-ram, since Moo-gang was purposefully lying to her so he could use her for his investigation. Ha-ram struggles to make sense of what Soo-wan is telling her, and Soo-wan shows her the photo of the two boys together. Aha, so that’s what she stole from Moo-gang’s house.

Ha-ram stops by the station to talk to Moo-gang, her face serious. He thinks she’s there because of the investigation, and when Ha-ram calls him “Joon oppa,” Black naturally answers her.

 

Turning around, Ha-ram throws the photo of the young boys at him, furious that he lied to her. She demands to know if Joon is really dead, and Black quietly admits that he is. Ha-ram slaps him and then storms out of the station. Watching from down the hallway, Kwang-kyun wonders what Black did to get slapped, but he stops when he sees the photo of Joon and Moo-gang.

He recognizes Joon from the fragment of burnt photo that was hidden in Scarface’s room at the mental health hospital, which reminds Kwang-kyun that he’d seen footage of Moo-gang visiting the hospital before Scarface escaped.

 

Kwang-kyun asks Moo-gang’s mother about the photo, showing her the burnt copy. She’s stunned that Scarface would have a photo of Joon. Kwang-kyun’s hypothesis is that Moo-gang left it there because he was in the middle of investigating something, and Scarface tried to burn it before he escaped.

Kwang-kyun asks if Mom knew what Moo-gang might have been investigating, and why he would visit Mujin. Mom explains that’s where Joon’s accident happened.

Mom had taken the boys with her while she attended a medical conference in Mujin. On the way there, she took their picture — the very picture of the two boys that’s made its way from Moo-gang, to Soo-wan, to Ha-ram, and now to Kwang-kyun.

 

The medical conference (which Creepy Doc attended, too) happened to be the same day as the mall collapse, and soon Mom was busy helping with the endless parade of injured victims. She ended up working at the hospital four days straight, unable to even take time off to be with the boys. In the early morning, four days after the collapse, she got a call from an unknown number telling her that Joon was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Joseon and Hip-hop arrive in Black’s home to find it completely redecorated. Joseon realizes that Black’s discovered that very human habit called “retail therapy.”

Black is delighted to show off his new collection of black suits, cheerfully explaining that he’s maxed out all of Moo-gang’s credit cards. Ha, I guess there are some benefits to being dead — no need to worry about debt.

As Black happily slurps down his dinner, Joseon wonders if Black is as okay as he says he is. Joseon knows that Ha-ram said she never wanted to see him again, but Black shrugs it off, insisting he’s the amazing Reaper 444 and that he can find Loser without any help. When Black asks if there would be any other reason he would have stayed by Ha-ram’s side, Joseon and Hip-hop try to hide their smirks.

 

Black orders Joseon and Hip-hop to get out, but he says it just as Man-soo walks into the room, so Man-soo assumes Black is talking to him. Annoyed, Black says he’s not talking to Man-soo, but Man-soo, hurt (and unable to see the other Reapers), insists that he has nowhere else to go. Besides, he’s given up a lot of time to help Black and Ha-ram find the killer.

Black says he’s not looking for Scarface any more, so Man-soo needn’t mention Ha-ram to him ever again. But he does wonder how Man-soo knew that they were looking for Scarface, asking if Ha-ram stopped by (and maybe found the photo of Joon and Moo-gang). Man-soo says the only person who visited was Soo-wan.

Black can’t stop thinking about the way Ha-ram looked when she demanded if Joon was really dead. Meanwhile, Kwang-kyun is obsessed with figuring out the timeline of Clara’s death.

Clara, Jin-sook, and Seon-young all disappeared the evening of April 19th, 1997, and Joon’s body was found on the road at 4am the next day, April 20th. The place where Joon’s body was found was only 1.1 kilometers away from the abandoned dye factory. Kwang-kyun is convinced that the cases are related, and calls up a buddy in the Mujin police to send him Joon’s hit-and-run file.

Kwang-kyun also believes that Moo-gang was looking into both cases before he was shot, but Kwang-kyun doesn’t know why Moo-gang would go to the mental hospital. Kwang-kyun wonders if Scarface has something to do with both Clara and Joon’s death.

Ha-ram huddles inside her apartment, her face buried in her arms as the tries to process the truth about Joon and Moo-gang. Outside, Black paces her street all night.

 

In the morning, Man-soo visits Ha-ram, offering to take her to Joon. Ha-ram refuses, assuming he’s talking about Black. But Man-soo gently explains that he means the “real” Joon. He escorts her to the columbarium where Joon’s urn is kept, and Ha-ram realizes that Black had blocked her from seeing Joon’s urn that day she’d visited Seung-chul’s parents.

She weeps for Joon, wondering why he had to die.

Ha-ram says she feels ashamed and sorry that she so easily mistook someone else for Joon. She vows that she’s not going to let Black get away with fooling her. Man-soo gently reminds her that Black probably thought he really was Joon, since he lost his memory after being shot, and she kept calling him “Joon oppa.”

 

Ha-ram’s still convinced that Black took advantage of her, pointing out that he kept lying to her even when he knew he wasn’t Joon. Man-soo the peacemaker then suggests that Black just couldn’t find the right timing to tell her the truth, but Ha-ram isn’t having it. Aw, it turns out that Black was the one who told Man-soo to take Ha-ram to see Joon’s urn, proving he cares (and that he knows Ha-ram wouldn’t want to go with him).

Man-soo checks in with Black about Ha-ram’s visit to Joon. Black thanks him, much to Man-soo’s surprise, since “thank you” isn’t usually in Black’s vocabulary. Black thoughtfully toys with Joon’s red bracelet that’s on his wrist until Kwang-kyun calls, ordering him to get back to the police station because Joon’s mother is there.

 

Joon’s mother greets Black, but Black recoils in disgust because she reeks of fish. She apologizes, adding that Kwang-kyun called her while she was in the middle of a fish delivery. Black realizes she’s the same woman he saw at the columbarium.

Black’s mostly there as an observer while Kwang-kyun asks Joon’s mother questions. She tells Kwang-kyun that she did her best to raise Joon until “a situation” arose. A flashback shows that the police — led by Ha-ram’s father — barged into Joon’s mother’s bar, searching for drugs, which they found in Joon’s backpack. Joon’s mother insisted that the drugs were hers, so she was arrested.

With nowhere else to send Joon (who was furious to discover his mother had drugs at home), she contacted Moo-gang’s mother and asked she take care of Joon (since Joon’s birth father was Moo-gang’s mother’s husband). Joon’s mother didn’t even find out Joon had died until a few days before she got out of jail.

She hauls out a pack of pens to show Kwang-kyun, explaining that it was found in Joon’s belongings the day of the accident. Instead of pens, however, they’re really smoke bombs. Joon’s mother explains that a detective Joon admired had created them so that people could use them to alert someone in case of an emergency. For example, the red smoke bomb could be released if there was fire, and the yellow smoke bomb for when someone was trying to harm them.

Joon’s mother looked around the crash site and found the used yellow pen smoke bomb, which convinced her that the hit-and-run wasn’t an accident. Kwang-kyun asks her about the detective who made the smoke bombs, and he recognizes the name, Kang Soo-hyuk, as his old partner from Mujin (who is also, as we know, Ha-ram’s father).

Joon’s mother’s face lights up when Kwang-kyun mentions Seon-young, since she had taken care of Seon-young like her own daughter when Seon-young’s parents died in a car accident. But she sadly explains that, once she was arrested, the only person she could find to take care of Seon-young was her good friend Clara. She doesn’t know what happened to Clara and Seon-young, just that they disappeared around the time Joon died.

Soo-wan ignores calls from Moo-gang’s mother who is worried about her. Moo-gang’s mother hunts around for a phone charger, and finds the capsule in Creepy Doc’s desk. He snatches it from her, telling her to stay out of his belongings, and then puts the capsule in his pocket. He’s then called to an emergency, where he takes off his coat — and the capsule rolls out, unseen, into a corner of the room.

Joon’s mother continues to explain to Kwang-kyun that she finally found someone who believed her story about the smoke bomb pen and her belief that the hit-and-run was intentional. The “someone” she found was Moo-gang, who was looking into his brother’s death.

 

Moo-gang promised to reveal the truth about Joon’s death, and said he’d call her when he found more evidence. But she hadn’t heard from him until about a month ago, when she called him and he said he’d have evidence soon. Kwang-kyun realizes that the day she spoke to Moo-gang was the same day that Moo-gang was shot.

Kwang-kyun pieces together the timeline of the day Moo-gang was shot. The speeding ticket was issued at 4:20pm and he spoke to Joon’s mother at 4:27pm. There must have been some evidence that Moo-gang found that day to make speed in a direction far from his original destination.

Man-soo’s hacker skills pull up an oddity in Royal Group’s electronic files. He discovers that Man-ho used a paper company to buy the land for the Royal Group mall back in 1997, and then invested twice that much to buy the land under Royal Group’s official name ten years later. Man-ho essentially embezzled 35 billion won.

Kwang-kyun searches through Moo-gang’s house, wondering where Moo-gang would have kept an important piece of evidence. He discovers the secret room in the basement, which is now set up with Man-soo’s theories about his brother’s shady business deals back in 1997. Kwang-kyun wonders why Moo-gang would be so interested in Royal Group, until he finds an identical file to the one Moo-gang had been investigating before he was shot — a file about a fire that happened 20 years ago.

Despite his annoyance at her fishy smell, Black drives Joon’s mother back to work. He wonders to himself if Moo-gang was killed because he was looking into Joon’s case, and realizes that Moo-gang was likely killed by the same person who killed Joon.

As he drops Joon’s mother off at her roadside fish stall, she’s accosted by some gangster-type thugs. Black hesitates, then drives away, deciding to not get involved.

 

Black finds the file about the fire on Kwang-kyun’s desk, realizing that it’s the same case Ha-ram’s father was investigating before he died. Based on what Ha-ram told him about the case, he wonders why similar burnt yellow paper would be found at both the original arson and Mi-soo’s murder. Kwang-kyun discovers that the burnt yellow papers are actually pieces of Chinese money, which is often burned when someone dies so that the spirit can be freed.

Man-soo secretly reviews Man-ho’s car’s blackbox, hoping to get evidence of legal corruption the night before Sang-min was released. He’s shocked when he sees that Mi-so (and not a prosecutor) gets into the car with Man-ho — and that the blackbox also shows Scarface lurking in the background.

 

Man-soo prints out photos of Scarface and shows them to Ha-ram, who recognizes him as the man who killed her father. She’s never seen a true photo of him with the scar before — only his face in the shadows, or covered in blood, or an artist’s rendering of a witness’s description. She realizes in horror that this must also be the man who killed Mi-so — and the man whose life she saved twice.

Stunned that he’s still alive, Ha-ram goes to Scarface’s sister-in-law, who originally told Ha-ram that he had died in China. The woman has a Shadow on her, and Ha-ram warns her that Scarface will kill her. But the woman nervously tells Ha-ram to leave her alone and never come back.

Black’s also come to the same conclusion: the man who killed Ha-ram’s father is Scarface. When Black hurries to Ha-ram’s apartment, he discovers the dropped photos of Scarface. Knowing Ha-ram’s also found out the truth, Black quickly portals to the sister-in-law’s home, but it’s too late — the sister-in-law has already been murdered.

The detectives discover from nearby CCTV footage that after Scarface left his sister-in-law’s house, Ha-ram followed him. Black rushes out, desperate to find Ha-ram. He runs down the street, shouting her name when she doesn’t answer her phone.

Seeing one of her shoes on the side of the road, Black heads into the nearby mountains, only to find another crime scene that’s cordoned off by the police.

 

Next to some bloody leaves is Ha-ram’s phone and her other shoe, which is also covered in blood. Black convinces himself there’s no way that Ha-ram is dead, since she can only die once her capsule is opened. How unfortunate, then, that a couple of Reapers, while waiting for their assignment to die at the hospital, find the capsule that fell out of Creepy Doc’s pocket. One of them realizes it belongs to 444, and he must not be a fan of the runaway 444, because he gleefully opens the capsule.

Rain pours down as Black continues his fruitless search for Ha-ram. Once of the CSI techs calls him, letting him know that they’ve found approximately two liters of Ha-ram’s blood on the ground — there’s no way Ha-ram could survive such a hefty blood loss.

Black, in shock, drops to his knees. In his secret hideout, Scarface giggles to himself, remembering how he stabbed Ha-ram in the gut.

COMMENTS

Nooooooooooooooooooooo! Ha-ram can’t be dead! She just can’t be!

At least, I don’t think she can be. If this were any other drama, I wouldn’t be so worried that one of the main protagonists was in serious danger of being killed off, especially when there are still six episodes to go. But… this is Black, where people die all the time, and where dead spirits are even given another chance at life. I’m still hoping that there’s enough Reaper in her (from her father’s side, y’know) to keep her from dying. Or that the afterlife will be thrown into enough of a tizzy trying to figure out what to do about a woman who is half-human/half-Reaper that they decide she can’t die just yet.

But it does make me wonder… if Ha-ram did die, would she be considered a missing person, since her body has yet to be found? Would she come back as a so-called “pure-blood” Reaper, with no memories of her own? Or would her half-Reaper status allow her to keep her memories? Would she be able to find her way back to Black and help him reveal the truth of Joon’s murder? But what am I saying: Ha-ram didn’t die; there’s no reason for me to be so worried; Black will find her in the next episode and she’ll be magically cured of her knife wound and they’ll continue to save children’s lives; la-la-la, I can’t hear you tell me any different.

Even though I’m not pleased at the way Ha-ram found out (oh, Soo-wan, stop lying to yourself that you’re doing good by your efforts to protect Moo-gang — instead, come further and further to the dark side, because I think I’d like you a lot more if you didn’t look like a perpetually scared deer and instead accepted your antagonist role in trying to hide evidence), I’m relieved that Ha-ram finally knows that Joon and Moo-gang are two different people. Yes, her heart is crushed, but it also means we can focus on investigating what really happened to Joon. And even though I can believe Joon was killed the night of the 19th/early morning of the 20th, I don’t for a second believe that he was killed by that hit-and-run driver. I’m going to need more evidence than a hand with the red-string bracelet peeking out from under a blanket. Where’s my DNA proof, people!

As much as I’ve been enjoying the general WTF-ness of the quick pace and millions of clues and details thrown at me each week, something about this episode felt slghtly off. Maybe it’s because we already knew Scarface was the same person who was responsible for the fire back in 1997 and who killed Ha-ram’s father (among many others). So watching Ha-ram, Black, and Kwang-kyun gradually reach the same conclusion felt a little anticlimactic, like, yes, yes, we already know, c’mon, let’s get to solving the mystery of what exactly happened back in 1997 to make Mujin the cornerstone of every terrible thing our characters have gone through. I’m not saying this episode was “filler” because we did get our weekly dose of new clues and details (all of which will undoubtedly be meaningful later) — and because I don’t think this show can do “filler”. But I just wish somehow we could have gotten everyone on the same page a little bit faster.

At least there was another hour to enjoy Black’s character growth (admittedly, for Black, it’s two steps forward, one-and-half steps back — but at least there’s progress!). I was impressed that he would actually swallow his jealousy and tell Man-soo, his number one rival (or maybe number two rival, if we count Leo), to escort Ha-ram to where Joon’s ashes are kept. I also got a few chuckles out of the fact that he tried to ignore his depression and loneliness by going shopping, because, as Joseon pointed out, that’s a total human reaction (and don’t I — and my poor bank account — know it). Black is becoming more and more human each week, and I love it. Although I do still appreciate when his arrogant Reaper ways express himself, particularly the demeaning nicknames he gives everyone. Which is why it made me gasp to actually hear him call out for Ha-ram by using her name instead of the “Chewing Gum” nickname he’s used ever since he realized that he needed her ability to see the Shadows.

Ha-ram is an important person to Black, whether he realizes it or not. She’s no longer just a pair of eyes to borrow so he can accomplish his mission. In fact, he purposefully set aside his mission (by letting Leo leave) so that he could try and help Ha-ram cope with the realization that a man she saved killed another person. That empathy is not something we would have seen from Black in the early episodes, since he probably would have dragged Ha-ram along to Leo’s wardrobe fitting, not caring about her inner turmoil since everyone has to die sometime. That’s the Reaper rule. But not for Ha-ram, I hope. No, I can’t accept that she’s dead. Not yet. Not when Black is finally discovering how much she means to him.

 
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Thank you so much for the recap❤️
But oh dear lord! The moment Black called her real name I forgot how to breathe. How heartbreaking:(

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Yes, I noticed that too. The first time that he called her Haram.

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can u tell me, what name did Black call Ha-Ram? I know it's not Ha-Ram, but the subtitles keep appears as Ha-Ram..

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He's calling her "껌딱지" (ggeomddakjji), a slang term that can be loosely translated as "chewing gum" and is meant in the sense of being stuck to a person like glue (or like gum, in this case).

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The most evil cliffhanger to date and the preview did not help either. Cannot wait for tomorrow.

Thanks for the recap. :)

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Oh Soo-wan you sneaky, sneaky girl. Someone find that damn tape already because it's pretty stressful looking at Lee El look jittery each episode. Hehe!

Daddy Oh has to stop being cryptic. Lives are already at stake here and he'd rather wait for the right time to tell Man-soo what the key is for.

I wonder if Man-ho will turn out to be the Big Bad after the secrets of Moojin are laid out in the open? Or is he actually working for the mastermind of it all?

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I think that the tape is in the time capsule near their school - I started writing "We all know that the tape is in the time capsule" but then I realized that we actually know essentially nothing in this drama :-)

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After finding out Man-ho is profiting from the mall accident by buying the land (another proof that he is a despicable human being), kinda wish Scarface will really get his hand on Man-ho and make him pay for his sins. Am even thinking Man-ho actually caused the collapse of the mall but maybe that's to far fetched...

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I've never hated soo wan more then I hated her in this episode, I found her a coward before, but now even a jittery mess whose out to save only herself. The moment she sat in the car with scar face, I was done with her. I mean dispite knowing what kind of a man scarface, she literally turned a blind eye on him and even bribed him for the guy is a psycho and the fact that he would watch kids die and find pleasure makes me sick. Just not acceptable.

Ha Ram, poor her. I've never felt someone's character so much before, but suddenly felt like the entire world is against in so many ways, even join whine she thought of her own turned out to be someone completely different even in love with his fiance after being dead. It's a pity honestly. And the cliffhanger was so bad, I was nearly screaming by the end of the episode.

I saw a spoiler of Ha Ram riding the rollercoaster we saw in the 2nd or 3rd ep, so there might not be hope of her being alive, but fingers crossed. 😶

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If she is riding that roller coaster she might become a "pure" reaper - her body is missing and she is already a half-reaper. That would be an interesting development.
Btw. where did you see that spoiler? I love spoilers but have not found any for Black.

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I saw the photos, too. SSH and Ara are shooting today at the zoo, beside what looks like a merry-go-round. If they are shooting today, that would mean the scenes are pretty much for the last few episodes. I am in two minds, though, about whether Haram would turn into a reaper finally. Go Ara is dressed in all black, black coat and sweater, which does suggest Reaperwear. But she wears no number badge, like 444, so I am not sure about the final ending. But I do prefer that she ends up a reaper and be united with Black in reaper land if not in the human world.

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Thank you guys for the answer. I'll go look for those spoiler pics now. :)

For me the perfect happy ending would be Ha Ram and Black becoming mentor reapers like 007 that help the reapers till they get to move on. They would get to be together and still help people/solve crimes.
Or they could move on to the afterlife together like the parents of the kid with the missing hand.
I would just find it sad if they get permanently separated.

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I don't want Haram to die, but if she were to die, I'm hoping that she and Black can move onto the afterlife. But if she were to live, I hope there is some way for Black to stick Moo-gang's soul back into his body and then Haram and Moo-gang (who will break up with Soo-wan) can be cops.

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Instagram, just use the hashtag goara and you'll find a bunch of spoilers.

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I can't find the rollercoaster spoiler pic =(

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I wonder how come that Scarface is alternately sober and scheming, and also seemingly mad and unstable? Has the years of imprisonment and forced medication really affected his brain? He said that Moo-gang had visited him at the hospital and told him to stay off the medication. Guess that was how he got sober and managed to escape after 20 years?

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I saw that too. But I don’t think she’ll become a grim reaper that soon. Because I remember the summary for this drama is that Black falls in love with a “human girl” and the memories of him will disappear in thins world. So Haram has to be human when that happens right? Lol

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But one could argue that he is already in love with her. He is just in denial. And if I remember correctly the summary said he will break the rules and for that reason gets deleted from existence.
The question is what rule he breaks. So far he possessed a human body, did not "reap" Ha Ram like he was supposed to and saved humans who were meant to die. Which is all against reaper rules.
Will he break any more rules (like bring someone back to life or maybe kill someone) or does he just need to be caught?

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Hmm maybe but to me it’s a little too early for that. They’re not technically together yet, to me it’ll make more sense that something big happens (his memories get deleted from existence) after they’re officially together. At this point I don’t think they’ll become a couple until Black comes clean to Haram, and he gets his memories back and he remembers he’s Joon. Hopefully soon! They can’t drag this romance for that long 😂

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I’m a bit sad that Black treated Joon’s mom (which means Black’s mom) rather poorly :( Why oh why does he cringe and complain with disdain about her smell.. and why doesn’t he help her out when her stall was destroyed by the hooligans? No doubt, from the flashbacks we see the younger Joon who’s not the biggest fan of his mom. I was hoping for a kinder and more humane reaction from Black towards her though

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I was too, seriously thought he was going to undo his seat belt and punch some thugs, but he just went away, augh. And after she went to jail for Joon too...

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I'm hoping there'll be a flashback or something of Black changing his mind and beating up those thugs.

It was a pretty sad seeing Black and Joon's mom, knowing that there is like a 99% chance that Black is really Joon.

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I noticed that the show features some very complex relationships with parents and their children. Particularly HR's mother and stepfather, and Joon's mother. They all have done bad things to make their children hate them (HR's mother tried to kill her, stepfather beats wife and son, Joon's mother told him that she wishes he was never born), but they also have these loving parental qualities that contradict (HR's mother's relationship w/ her stepson, stepfather saving those children and trying to save son w/ leukemia, and joon's mother taking care of SW/SY and going to prison to protect her son). I guess it shows that the world isn't just black and white, and that it's easy to hate someone who's pure evil, but harder for a person who does both good and bad.

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Indeed. This show is very sophisticated in its portrayal of characters. There are no good or bad people in the traditional sense. Everyone is pulled by their own interests and motivations, and the line of morality is often ambiguous. I would say that the show is amoral in a sense, particularly when its focus is on death, which really defies all human codes of behaviour.

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I think black will regret a lot of things when his memories are returned

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Thank you Odilettante for taking previous time from your Thanksgiving to write us this enlightening recap. Watching the show is such a thrill but reading your recaps every time is even greater fun. So satisfying to read every sentence of yours and to never fail to find details I myself have missed. Yes, I didn't realise that was Haram's shoe that Black saw at the end of the episode. Things were going so fast that I barely had to the time to register this great shock: our heroine is dead!

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precious time

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This episode is full packed with information and so fast and evenly paced. Revelations after revelations were delivered in a smooth flow that had me sitting on the edge of my chair. That final twist was a real shocker. Wow, you never get to breathe until the show is over! This show has killed off both its male lead and female lead at least once, and I really look forward to seeing some new take on what will happen to Haram rather than the same old Kdrama ploy of teasing with the audience's credulity. I hope she turns into a half reaper, a wandering soul or at least in a state of limbo/coma. A shocker like that should never go without an impact. Or I should feel cheated.

But I am not sure if I am the only one to feel both stunned yet also somehow glad that Haram is dead? Is that too wicked of me? I just need to see a change in the way she thinks and acts. She is full of good intentions, no doubt, but she has no power whatsoever, and that means that she simply ends up creating one big mess after another. Also she seems so headstrong and stubborn, and never stops to think out a sensible strategy with her oppa. I also find it a bit annoying that she seems to think about everyone else's comfort but not that of her oppa, while he literally has to beg and sulk.

Finally, I also agree that Black, Mad Dog and Moo-gang should work together and quicken the pace of investigation. We as the audience are so many steps before them that it is getting frustrating to see them still in the dark and all working by themselves.

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Am also still reeling from the aftershock. I love the fact, as @odilettante has remarked, that this show is not afraid of killing its protagonist(s). And no, you are not wicked, coz I would prefer it too that Ha-ram is really dead. Am liking the idea of her being a reaper, it might be her chance to see things from Black's perspective, and realizing from his action that he actually cares for her.

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I don't think that Ha Ram is dead. Instead of leaving us guessing, they put so much emphasis on the clues about her being dead, which means that there will be likely a plot twist and she will be alive next week. Well, I don't mind either way, with her being alive or dead, Black keeps being super-enjoyable and I look forward to see what happens :)

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Spot on. I agree about Haram...whose character has become the weakest link in this story for me.

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Gosh I wanna know what happened!!! Poor Ha Ram. 2 liters of blood? but I hope she's
alive !!she's half reaper!!!
and yes, the preview didn't help at all.

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a DNA test takes a long time (can be up to a week) yet out in the field they managed to know 99% certain it is her blood? in a few minutes? i think they mean it is 99% certain that it is her blood type, that is a quicker test and leaves room for a "sshe is not dead" scenarion.

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I thought they found out way too fast too and it took me out of the story a little bit. I agree with you that it was probably a blood type test. I wondered if Man Soo was with her. Maybe it's both their blood and that neither one of them lost enough blood to die.

I know Haram has a target on her back, but it was pretty cruel of her die (or severely wounded) by the hands of that serial killer. His mode of operation seems to either be 1. kill immediately and then stab at the corpse a bajillion times or 2. torture and then kill.

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That is my thought too, that the blood is both her's and Man Soo's and maybe even the psycho's. A single sample would only bring a single result.

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Not unlikely. There is a closeup shot of a key in the wet ground that Black treads over in his rush to save Haram, and I wonder if that key is the same that Man-soo's Dad gave him, for the safe. If so, then Man-soo would be with Haram.

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Man, it's rare that I have no clue how everything is going to come together in the end, especially now that Ha Ram has died (?).
So many possibilities for the plot to go and I'm excited to find out!

Thank you for your excellent recaps!

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I don't want her to be a reaper at the end.... I want her to make her wish come true. To live and be happy.

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@odilettante, once again thank you for the recap. I do not know whether it is the drama or your writing style and power of observation but I thoroughly enjoy reading your recaps of Black. So thank you.

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Can someone catch me up please - when did we find out that HaRam is half reaper????

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I was wondering about this too. It would be really helpful if somebody answered this question :)

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We don't know yet for sure that she is a half-reaper but it is implied that her father was possessed by a reaper. The newly wed couple we saw that got in a car accident was Ha Ram's parents and the reaper who came for her father/groom looked into her mother's eyes (which were full of love) and that spells disaster for a reaper.
It would explain Ha Ram's powers and the relationship with her mother as she probably tried to kill Ha Ram when she found out that her husband was not human. She sees Ha Ram as a monster cause in her eyes she is the daughter of a monster.

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Additionally, Ha-Ram's father was always accepting of her gift. We theorize he understood her abilities arose from him.

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also someone pointed out in EP3 (the bit where 444 dragged loser to get the soul crystal balls) and you can actually see it's Ha Ram's father queuing too.

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OMY, really! I didn't notice that. So that explains. Dad is indeed a reaper and back to his job?

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Eeek, I was so surprised by the ending that my mind went blank for a while. Never expect Ha-ram to be killed because she jumped into the fire several times (once literally) and keep surviving. But with this 2 liter blood loss... Am keen on the idea of Ha-ram being a reaper herself, but please please no amnesia!
On Joon's death, someone clearly wanted him silenced; when the drug attempt is foiled by her mom, he was then murdered. Wouldn't surprise me if it is either Man-ho or his dad. Wondering whether he has clues on the collapsed mall or is it about the prostitution ring.
Am still sympathetic to Soo-wan, she's becoming a more and more tragic character. I still believe her one t original Moo-gang, not merely saving her skin, but she just can't seem to see what a lot of bad things that made her do.

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Those drugs definitely look planted!

I was mad at Soo-wan, but I can't hate her. She just weak and easily manipulated. There is one thing/person in this world that she loves and that is Moo-gang, and she will do anything to save him, even if it puts others in peril.

I hope she finds out Moo-gang is really Black and just moves to America for a fresh start in the end.

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I don’t think for one moment that Soo Wan’s actions come from a purely altruistic place in regards to Moo Gang. She has proven time and time again that she herself is the person first and foremost on her mind when she makes her decisions. But I do agree with you in that I hope she finds out Black is not Moo Gang and just leaves the country. Although I worry that Black is really Joon and once he recovers his memories poor Ha Ram will be left out of it all. That would make me so so angry for Soo Wan to end up getting the remaining brother. Ugh. That better not happen, heh.
Again, I know I am probably supposed to be sympathetic with Soo Wan but meh. I find her to be a selfish wench.

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Joon's mom was arrested quite some time before the mall collapse and before SW was forced into child prostitution. So that drug set-up could have been related to these two events. Someone mentioned that it could have been Moo-gang's Mom trying to snatch Joon away from his Mom for his heart? But that may sound far-fetched.

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Soo Wan wasn’t so much forced into teenage prostitution so much as she was forcefully coerced. If you recall, she said she didn’t want to do it, but Clara reminded her that she wanted to go to medical school and how would she pay for that if she didn’t do it. Clara persuaded her, but Soo Wan did make the choice to go through with it. I know she was a teen, but she was still old enough to choose.

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Anyone here think that maybe Soo-wan is the hit and run driver that killed Joon?
Maybe after that moment with Clara all 3 ran. Joon and moo gang hid the tape in the time capsule and scarface ,later that night chased Joon to get him to talk. Soo wan, with clara out of the picture took the car, drove of and hit joon by the road but left him there to die becaus she saw scarface and paniced?Because Moo gang befire joseon and 416 dragged him (oul) of said "i have to ask HER why she did that to me" Could be Soo wan instead of his mom.Scarface somehow also seems to think soo wan is onhis side, after all,he's a psychotic killer who even burns children but he seems very civilised to her. Did he see her run over Joon and think that maybe she's a bit of a killer ? his remark about it being funny her being a doctor (since she left someone to die) and now being Moo gang's girlfriend (cause she killed his brother

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Oh my God. *grabs hair* As @meowingme said upthread, Soo-wan is a tragic figure. But if your theory pans out, I can't imagine her getting anything close to a happy ending or peace.

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SW would definitely die in the next episodes. Very likely in a final effort to protect Moo-gang, as a gesture of atonement.

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sooo how about this
Haram's dad : a reaper
Moo gang is really Moo gang
Joon is dead and in the afterlife
Black is seung , what's his name ,the kid that had his hand chopped of, Moo gangs mother used the accident to cover up her using his heart for Moo gang and had creepy doc dump his body in the lake?
Missing finger is : the son of scarface?
Scarface is : Plot twist, he is Man ho's and man soo's uncle, the brother of their dad but also the real biological father of man ho (explains the psycho behavior)
missing finger and man ho are half brothers , sons of scarface? Man soo is the only real biological son of the chairman?
Joseon is "the old man" (he knows too much)
After everything is settled black,haram and 416 get appointed as guardian angels instead of reapers? so she can "live" a loooooong time and save lives as much as she wants :)

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@odilettante, I totally agree with you. If this weren't Black, I would have been like "come on! Haram's definitely not dead. check the episode number.".= I also hope the Reaper part of her keeps her alive. I don't want Haram to die. I don't think they'll make her a grim reaper, since it would mean amnesia and a new face until her body is found.

I know Haram is impulsive and sometimes annoyingly so, but I've always felt like she is trying to make up for all those times when she wasn't able to do anything, when she just assumed she wasn't able to do anything, and when she refused to do anything because she was fearful, weak, or even embarrassed because she knew she appeared to be a crazy person in the eyes of everyone. She had lived life feeling guilty and cautious. I just feel really sad that, if she's dead, she was only able gain some agency and make a positive difference in the world these past couple of months after years of hiding and feeling like she was just some bad jinx. I really want her to live and become a cop like her dad.

I'm hoping to see some collaborations this upcoming weekend -either Black and Crazy Dog or Black and Man-soo.

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Does anyone else have this feeling that Ha Ram's father was actually a Reaper inhabiting a human body? It would explain why she can see Reapers but not in their complete form since her mother is human and only Reapers can see other Reapers in their whole form. Plus, whenever you see flashbacks of Ha Ram's father, he's always wearing black and it would explain why he knew to give his daughter sunglasses and how he so easily believed her but didn't abandon her as her mother did. But that's just my two cents.

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I kinda doubt Haram died, she’s the main protagonist she will come back in the next episode for sure.

Ok there’s something going on the 420 number, Joon’s supposed death is on April 20, his stepmom got a call at 4.20am regarding Joon’s “death”, then Moo Gang got a speeding ticket at 4.20pm. Writers you got some explaining to do!

Pretty sure Moo Gang’s mom got something to do with Joon’s death and he really didn’t just die in that accident.

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This episode got me extremely frustrated. First, why can't everyone sit together, discuss what evidences they got so far so everyone is in the loop and try to connect the dots instead of wondering around by themselves finding out the same clues repeatedly. Second, why did Ha Ram so bravely follow the man who killed her father like he's not slightly dangerous, while in the middle of nowhere. Call backups! (or Black!).

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I think she called the police that's why her cellphone was found in the scene. She's angry for what Black did to her. (lying about Joon) so she will never call him ans aak for help.

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"Kwang-kyun searches through Moo-gang’s house.." How does everybody enter his house so easily? (I'm not actually watching the drama, but only reading the recaps.. is it explained in the drama?)

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I had wondered that too! Well, it makes sense that his mom and Soo wan's got a set of keys (and it seems to be a kdrama thing for moms to just let themselves into their sons' homes), but Kwang-kyun too?

Maybe Black just leaves his doors unlocked all the time. I remember how Black did a horrible job of locking up Moo-gang's secret room after he snuck in. All he had to do was shut the door. And of course, that's how all of Moo-gang's research got stolen.

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in the Reaper world, you can portal wherever you like (provided the door is unlocked), so things like doorbells and locked doors are a nuisance.

Ha, just kidding. I have no idea, and thought it was strange, too. Black seriously needs to change his door code.

I'm just going to assume Kwang-kyun knows the code to Moo-gang's house since he's Moo-gang's partner, and either needs it for emergency purposes or has it memorized because of all the times Moo-gang's been sick at crime scenes and he needed to drag Moo-gang back home.

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It thought that Mad Dog cop drove to the house the minute after Man-soo left it in such a hurry that he didn't really close the gate. But this drama does have a predilection for unlocked doors haha

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It was shown that Man Soo went out of the house without locking it. Then Crazy dog arrives.

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you know it's so weird that no one thought that Black wearing black suits all the time was so weird.. I mean even Ha Ram didn't find it weird at all.. they all assumed that it was normal 😕😕

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All I can think of now is... Why there isn't more preview for ep 13?????

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That "Noooooo..." part got me lol... But is it weird I want Haram to survive for Black's sake more than Haram's? I mean I'd really hate for him to be sad, you know?

This drama's still got it. Yes, the constant cliffhanger moments in every episode can be draining, but when a new week rolls in you feel powered up for more strained mystery-digging scenes!!

My only cringe is how the bad guys are really bad and the gruesome things that happen are really gruesome. Wouldn't want this to be real life, ever. But kudos to the writer for the active imagination!!

I feel like I could take 50 more episodes of Black in those snug fitting black pants, but hey too much of a good thing can be bad, maybe?

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I’m time travelling - in that I haven’t seen this episode yet, but i’ve got a question that is annoying me, and i’m hoping there will be an answer waiting for me once i’ve actually watched the episode then read the recap. What is Black calling Ha Ram? It sounds like Gong Tak (shi). Kamsahamnida 😍

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He's calling her "껌딱지" (ggeomddakjji), a slang term that can be loosely translated as "chewing gum" and is meant in the sense of being stuck to a person like glue (or like gum, in this case).

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Thank you Odilettante!

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Anyone can tell me, what name Black keep calling Ha-Ram?
The video that I watch, the subtitles keeps appears as Ha-Ram even-tough i know its not what Black calls her...

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Thank you for recapping and explaining what's going on in your comments, @odilettante! My timing was way off this past week.

Now to watch the latest episodes. I hope I can catch up. Hwaiting!

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I think the mom after the accident...found Joon who may be still living but didnt save him...and took Joon's heart and put it in Moo Gan to save him since we learn Moo Gan has heart problem...and to cover up for doing, she threw Joon body to under the sea and use the other dead kid from high school to cover up for Joon body. that's why Moo Gan had Joon's heart and therefore likes Soo Wan cause pretty sure young Joon liked Soo Wan more and only see Ha Ram as little sister...and explains why Moo Gan has Joon's feeling...and that would explain why the mom is fishy....maybe???

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Where's ep13 recap? It's almost a week already 😅 sorry if im rushing u

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I knew it! I knew Soo Wan seemed like a selfish twatwaffle and here she just proved it. What horsetripe that she is only trying to protect Moo Gang...she is jealous pure and simple. Apparently it is not enough that she had the hearts of both brothers but she wants to keep the memory loss version of Moo Gang in the dark about how shady she is and away from the women he is starting to love. Nevermind that he isn’t really Moo Gang anyway, she clearly has Herself in mind first and foremost and not him since she never has told him the truth. You know she is super relieved that he still doesn’t remember her filthy betrayal. Ugh, I just cannot stand her and her constant victim face either.

Otherwise, though, I am loving this show in all it’s convoluted messed-upedness so so much, heh. I really hope the writers manage to make all these seeming loose ends mesh up somehow. Because I agree with you, recapper, I think everything is connected. EVERYTHING.

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okay where did the author start to speculate that ha ram's dad was a reaper? I get so confused when i read the author's comment. i know that's a theory amongst readers but the author has never mentioned it before in her previous recap

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Ok I thought it was just me that was confused about that, I was wondering if I skipped something

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Again Haram? Again you dash off into danger without backup or a plan? The script has repeated this so often that I find it hard to believe she won't stay alive as always happens...but worse still...the idea of her death brought no sadness. At this point I only feel sorry for Black. His character has slowly evolved...step by step...exchanging his 'godliness' for humanity... all because of, and for her. I know she's driven to capture her Dad's killer...fair enough...but chasing after him without thought of the consequences has been something she's done for every death she's tried to prevent too. Honourable? Yes of course. But also just a bit tiring & predictable by the 12th episode. I know this won't be a popular entry, but I was just trying to work out why I stopped caring about our heroine as much as I did at the beginning.

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When did they say that she is a half reaper? The episodes are so confusing to me so I always ready your recaps but I'm still lost in some parts

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